South side Abilene library branch delayed until September


ABILENE, Texas - Construction delays have pushed the proposed open date for the south side Abilene Public Library branch to the fall.

KTXS met with Abilene City Librarian Lori Grumet Tuesday at the site of the new branch inside the Mall of Abilene, and she said the delays caused the branch to miss the proposed spring opening.

"We're hoping to open in September," Grumet said. "It's going to depend on how construction goes and if we run into any hiccups."

Metal framings and air ducts were in the final stages of installation, which means the bulk of the construction will begin soon.

Close to $1.3 million was raised privately by the Friends of the Library, but there are still a few finishing touches that need funding, Grumet said.

"The Friends of the Library have dedicated any money that they raised – until we are open – to this project," Grumet said.

The group will be holding a book sale for the week of June 13 to help raise more funds. Donors can also contribute to the project by clicking HERE.

The new location has a total of 20,000 square feet and will include three study rooms, a large conference room that seats 80 people, and multiple rooms for different age groups.